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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Chris Bennett

Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.

Pitcher

Dallas Keuchel, HOU vs. OAK ($52): Keuchel hasnít been his dominant self in three starts since returning from the DL, having a 7.62 ERA over 18.1 frames. But he limited Texas to one run over 6.2 frames his last time out while striking out seven, and still owns a 1.59 home ERA. Oakland ranks 26th with a .298 wOBA against lefties, adding a Ė20.9 wRAA and 24.7 percent strikeout rate.

Dylan Bundy, BAL vs. LAA ($30): Bundy is in good for winning all three August starts while posting a 2.14 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 21.0 innings. The Angels are obviously more dangerous with a healthy Mike Trout, but still rank only 24th against right-handed arms with a .308 wOBA and while also having a woeful Ė36.8 wRAA.

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Catcher

Travis d'Arnaud, NYM vs. MIA ($7): d'Arnaud offers a cheap buy-in against a struggling starter in Justin Nicolino, who has an 11.25 road ERA, where heís allowed a .555 wOBA to right-handed bats. díArnaud has been solid against lefties as well, leading Met regulars with a .385 wOBA and 141 wRC+.

First Base

Rhys Hoskins, PHI at SF ($13): Hoskins is another cheap buy-in option against a struggling pitcher in the Giantsí Matt Moore. Hoskins has elite power potential, hitting 29 homers in the minors in 401 at bats and has gone deep three times in seven games since his promotion, giving him clear tournament upside. In limited at bats, heís posted a .413 wOBA, 156 wRC+ and 1.035 OPS against lefties.

Second Base

Ozzie Albies, ATL vs. CIN ($7): Albies hasnít found immediate success since his promotion, but heís been a bit of a victim of bad luck. Heís hitting the ball hard with consistency, owning hard-hit rates over 40 percent against either handedness, and flashed his potential Thursday with a triple, single, run scored and a stolen base across five at bats. A matchup against Sal Romano and his 6.05 ERA and 1.68 WHIP shouldnít cause concern.

Third Base

Joey Gallo, TEX vs. CWS ($24): Itís a hefty price to pay to gamble on a long ball, but Gallo looks poised for success Friday. White Sox starter James Shields is allowing lefties to post a .444 wOBA and 1.087 OPS against him. Heís also a flyball pitcher, allowing lefties to lift the ball 49.1 percent of the time, with 23.6 percent of those flies clearing the fence. Gallo has a .374 wOBA against righties and nifty .378 ISO, hitting fly balls 54.3 percent of the time, while 31.6 percent of those go for homers.

Shortstop

Tim Beckham, BAL vs. LAA ($18): Beckham is seeing a big ball at the dish of late, hitting .485 in August, adding five homers and 17 runs scored. His .359 wOBA and 127 wRC+ against left-handed arms for the year is serviceable, and his monthly splits are an insane .621/302. Heíll have a chance to remain hot against Andrew Heaney, who will make his season debut after missing 14 months to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Outfield

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA at NYM ($28): The price is steep, but Stanton has been as much of a sure thing as a bat can be of late, hitting safely in all but two games in August, similarly scoring in all but two and has driven in at least one run in all but four games this month. He owns a .438 wOBA, 173 wRC+ and .398 ISO against opposite-handed bats, while Metsí starter Chris Flexen has allowed righties to post a .442 wOBA and 1.042 OPS against him.

Yasiel Puig, LAD at DET ($18): There arenít many bad options in the Dodgers lineup on most nights, let alone when facing a bad pitcher in Jordan Zimmermann and his 5.62 ERA. Heís allowing a .379 wOBA to righties at home, while Puig counters with a .375 wOBA, 135 wRC+ and .263 ISO against same-handed arms.

Austin Jackson, CLE at KC ($13): Jacksonís .333 wOBA and 106 wRC+ arenít incredible, but the Indians offense has plenty of left-handed bats, which Royalsí starter Ian Kennedy has been tough against all season. Kennedy has been torched by righties of late, however, allowing a .492 wOBA and 1.183 OPS over his last three starts. His 7.16 August ERA suggest heís ripe for the picking Friday.

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